Topic outline

  • This series of four courses is designed to improve understanding of Codex Alimentarius and develop sustainable national capacities to engage in and benefit from Codex work. This first course explains why Codex exists and why it is important. It provides a brief history of the establishment of the Codex Alimentarius Commission and introduces its mandate and legal basis, as well as the initial steps for becoming involved.

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      • Course series

        The course series on “Effective participation in Codex work” consists of the following courses:

        • Course 1: Introduction to Codex
        • Course 2: Engaging in Codex 
        • Course 3: The role of science and risk analysis in Codex (under development)
        • Course 4: Codex collaboration at regional level (under development)

        • System Requirements

          The online version of this course runs on the latest versions of the major browsers, such as Chrome, Safari, Edge and Firefox.

          The downloadable version only runs on Windows PC’s and no additional software is needed.

          • Audience

            People who need an overview of Codex, with the following profiles will benefit from taking this course:

            • Codex Contact Points
            • Government officials
            • Policy-makers
            • Food producers
            • Consumer representatives
            • Codex observer organizations
            • Members of the scientific community

            • You will learn about

              • The global importance and purpose of Codex
              • What Codex develops and how it can be used
              • The benefits of being involved in Codex and using Codex standards
              • How Codex is organized and how it operates
              • Core functions of Codex Contact Points and criteria for their designation
              • Technical support offered by FAO and WHO to facilitate Members’ engagement

              • Course structure

                The course consists of 2 lessons of approximately 60 minutes duration each:

                • Lesson 1 – Why is Codex important?
                • Lesson 2 – What is Codex?

                • Partners

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